What is Dynamic-Psychotherapy?

Most everyone that comes to therapy is looking for a second chance. 

I consider your personality, experience and needs as unique.  Accordingly, every therapy process is also unique. I work with you to plan for your individual needs and goals in a quiet and confidential setting.  When it comes to therapy one-size-does-not-fit all.

“…a person carries his life within him, recreating and replaying his inner issues in varying surrounds again and again over time.”

Fred Pine

Initial Consultation

I meet with you in consultation three – five times to get to know you. During this time I listen to your experience and what brings you to therapy.  This gives you the chance to decide if you feel comfortable with me and at the conclusion of the time we discuss my treatment recommendations. We agree on how to proceed. 

My attention and reflections — along with your own — become a pivotal part of your psychotherapy work. I listen without judgment and take your experience seriously.  The continuity of our meetings helps you to trust and rely on the therapy process.

Read here: “Why Does Therapy Take So Long?”

What is “Dynamic” Psychotherapy?

Dynamic psychotherapy is a therapy that considers significant moments, events and relationships in your life and your reactions, past and present, conscious and unconscious. While symptom relief is a necessary and important part of psychotherapy it is the underlying issues that led to your symptoms that make more enduring change possible. The work I do focuses on what leads to your symptoms. Your symptoms begin to make sense and typically reduce or dissipate in severity. You and I think about you as a whole person in the present and with the understanding of the context of your past experience. 

The word “dynamic” describes how mind and body interface as a “system” and how we may feel energized or deadened, as we feel connected in loving or depleting relationships.  Psychodynamic psychotherapy uses theories and techniques from research over the years on how the mind works, and understandings about the intrapsychic balance of energies of the mind.  Therefore, process and content are both important. I help you come to terms with difficult moments that have hindered you in previous relationships.  While I am not opposed to brain-storming about practical interventions and remedies for  you, this kind of therapy targets understanding you in the context of your present and past relationships and persistent reoccurring internal conflicts.

In psychodynamic psychotherapy we meet once or twice a week and agree on a regular time that is yours.  You are able to rely on the continuity of the work.  Psychodynamic psychotherapy, sometimes referred to as psychoanalytic psychotherapy, utilizes techniques and theory on how personality develops and people repeatedly experience conscious and unconscious repetition of core trumatic issues in their life.  Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a helpful treatment that targets adaptation, understanding and a reduction in problematic symptoms.  It’s goals are different than that of psychoanalysis however.

About Psychoanalysis Today?

Psychoanalysis is a meaningful, researched, therapeutic process that today, differs from Freud’s psychoanalysis of the late 1800’s. Many people assume that they will always be anxious and/or depressed.

If you knew that you could make a significant shift in your well-being and state of mind would you put effort into that change? Psychoanalysis targets change unlike other types of present-day psychotherapies.

With frequency of sessions and deepening of our therapeutic alliance, a rich and textured understanding of you develops.  A personal story — one with and without words — unfolds and you become more able to accept aspects of your experience that you previously thought of as “just the way I am.”  

For example, some people feel “broken” or that they are a “shell” but they don’t know why? They feel different than other people. In the containment of our therapeutic relationship, psychoanalysis may help you in ways that other therapies do not.

Your present day experience is based on the ways you identified with loving and/or feared, parents. These active, dynamic parts of your personality are called “object relations” aspects of repetitive experience with significant others that you have internalized and that now repeat in your daily relationships.  To read more about object relations, click: HERE.

I use techniques in psychoanalysis based on object relations and intersubjectivity, present day research on neonatal mother-infant bonding, attachment, individuation, child development, neuroscience, and studies on culture and the importance and impact of peer relationships.

 Read more about Psychoanalysis:  Here

If you are motivated to make a concerted effort in your well-being, said by some to be the most meaningful decision of their life, please read my website page: “Psychoanalysis Today.” As a psychologist, my expertise is in psychoanalysis. We can establish a several-session consultation to discuss whether this treatment may be helpful to you.

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

Anais Nin

Susan E. Barbour, Ed.D. Psychologist/Psychoanalyst
Dynamic Psychotherapy Associates, LLC

827 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-368-0460